I think they'll be in the mix in the B1G, maybe finish 3rd or 4th, and be a fringe Top 25 team. They should get better towards the end of the season, and they should get a 3rd consecutive NCAA berth. A LOT hinges on Melo returning to form though.
Melo, by all reports, has lost weight which has increased his quickness and leaping ability. He'll also be able to play off the ball with FR Anthony Cowan at the point. Cowan has been said to have forced Melo and Jaylen Brantley to improve on their ball handling due to his defensive quickness. I think this season's team will be a more cohesive unit than last year's squad. Kevin Huerter, Ivan Bender and Justin Jackson will surprise, IMO. Based on the word that's coming out of practice I think the starting lineup should be Cowan at the point, Melo at the 2, Dodd in the middle (until Checko is healthy), Gill at one forward and Huerter at the other with Bender as 6th man. Bender's said to be the best passing Terps big man since Len Elmore. The second unit would consist of Brantley, Wiley, Checko, Jackson and Nickens. 6-9 FR forwards Joshua Tomaic and Micah Thomas may only see the court in blowouts this year.
Edited by TheGuru, 31 October 2016 - 01:10 PM.